TV News: Middle, Alienist, grown-ish, Sweetbitter

The Middle
ABC’s long-running sitcom “The Middle” is set to end after its upcoming ninth season this Fall. The series will hit its major 200-episode milestone during its final season.

Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher and Atticus Shaffer star in the series about the middle-class, midwestern Heck family. [Source: ABC]

The Alienist
Michael Ironside (“Total Recall,” “Starship Troopers”) has scored a key recurring role as American financial giant J.P. Morgan on TNT’s upcoming straight-to-series psychological thriller “The Alienist”.

Set in 1896, a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has gripped the city. Daniel Bruhl plays a criminal psychologist, Luke Evans a newspaper illustrator and Dakota Fanning a headstrong police secretary who team up to solve the case. [Source: Deadline]

Chris Parnell (“30 Rock”), Emily Arlook (“The Good Place”), and Trevor Jackson (“American Crime”) have been tapped as series regulars on the “black-ish” spin-off comedy series “grown-ish”.

Thirteen episodes of the single-camera comedy follow the Johnson’s eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) as she heads off to college. Deon Cole plays Charlie, Dre’s eccentric and unpredictable co-worker at Stevens & Lido. [Source: Deadline]

Starz is developing a new half-hour drama series based on Stephanie Danler’s novel “Sweetbitter”. Danler has penned the script for the first episode.

The story follows a 22-year-old woman who, shortly after arriving in New York, lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant and is introduced to the world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars, and fine dining. [Source: THR]